California Anti-SLAPP In 2015: A Look At The Top Cases

Law360, New York (February 8, 2016, 10:41 AM EST) -- Thomas R. Burke

Diana Palacios Annually, California’s Courts of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit regularly issue several dozen published opinions interpreting California’s anti-SLAPP statute, Civil Procedure Section 425.16 et seq., and 2015 was no different. California’s landmark anti-SLAPP statute remains one of the broadest and strongest statutory protections for free speech and petitioning activities in the nation. Below we briefly summarize significant 2015 anti-SLAPP cases decided by California courts.

 

Prong 1: Does the Anti-SLAPP Statute Apply?

In 2015, many cases analyzed prong one of the statute — whether the plaintiff’s claims arose from the defendants’ challenged speech or petitioning activities....

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